Geoff Thompson (writer)

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Geoff Thompson
Geoff Thompson.jpg
Born (1960-06-12) 12 June 1960 (age 58)
Coventry, England, UK
Style Karate, Boxing, Kickboxing, Judo, Aikido
Rank      8th degree black belt Karate
     1st degree black belt Judo
     1st degree black belt Aikido
Occupation Writer, filmmaker, teacher, martial artist
Website GeoffThompson.com

Geoff Thompson (born 12 June 1960 in Coventry, England) is a BAFTA winning writer,[1] filmmaker, teacher, and self-defence instructor. He has written several books on self-help, self-defence, and martial arts, and has written many screenplays for short and feature film.[2]

Film[edit]

In 2004, Thompson won a BAFTA award for 'best short film' for his screenplay "Brown Paper Bag".[3]

Thompson's first feature film Clubbed (2008), starring Colin Salmon, is an underworld drama set in the early 1980s and is based on his autobiography Watch My Back.[4]

His work "Romans 12:20" directed by the Shammasian Brothers and starring Craig Conway has finished production and was shown at a private screening in London on 23 January 2008. It toured the film festival circuit in the early part of 2008. It has been adapted into a feature film "Romans" (2017) starring Orlando Bloom.

He wrote the screenplay for the feature film The Pyramid Texts (2015) starring James Cosmo.[5]

Thompson made his directorial debut in 2015 with the short film The 20 Minute Film Pitch.[6]

His first short film - "Bouncer" (2003) - starred Ray Winstone. [7]

In the 1990s, Thompson wrote and presented a wide range of martial arts and self-defence DVDs. In 1995, he and his self-defence school featured in the Channel 4 documentary Passengers.

Filmography[edit]

Feature Films

  • Clubbed (2008) - Writer, starring Colin Salmon [8]
  • The Pyramid Texts (2015) - Writer, starring James Cosmo [9]
  • Romans (2017) - Writer, starring Orlando Bloom [10]

Short Films

  • Bouncer (2002) - Writer, starring Ray Winstone [11]
  • Brown Paper Bag (2003) - Writer, starring Ronnie Fox [12]
  • Romans 12-20 (2008) - Writer,[13]
  • Pink (2009) - Writer,[14]
  • Counting Backwards (2014) - Writer,[15]
  • The 20 Minute Film Pitch (2015) - Writer [16]
  • Shadow (2017) - Writer [17]

Bibliography[edit]

Self Help

Autobiography

Screenplay

Fiction

Martial Arts and Self Defence

Martial Arts[edit]

Thompson began his martial arts training in the Eastern arts including Karate, Aikido, and Kung-Fu. However, during his time as a nightclub doorman, he found that what he had learned was inadequate for the reality of violence. Thompson came to realise that the techniques encouraged and practised in touch-contact and semi-contact martial arts were not always suitable for self-defence. Though he utilizes a small core of these techniques as part of his teachings, Thompson prefers full-contact martial arts and combat sports such as boxing, Muay Thai, Judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Greco-Roman- and Freestyle wrestling.

He holds the ABA Boxing Instructor certificate and high-level coaching awards for wrestling,[54] a 1st Dan in Judo (1997) under world champion Neil Adams,[55] and an 8th Dan in Shotokan Karate.[56] Geoff is a Joint Chief Instructor of the British Combat Association.[57]

Geoff Thompson was also the first instructor to name and extensively teach "the fence", a technique in real-life defence involving keeping your hands in front of you in a non-threatening manner so as to protect yourself in case a situation escalates but without provoking violence.

Martial Arts Instructional DVDs[edit]

  • The Escapes (2005), Summersdale Productions, ASIN: B0007NLRT8 [58]
  • Ground Fighting - Chokes and Strangles (2005), Summersdale Productions, ASIN: B0007NLRU2 [59]
  • Pins - The Bedrock (2005), Summersdale Productions, ASIN: B0007NLRSY [60]
  • The Pavement Arena Part One (2005), Summersdale Productions, ASIN: B0007NLRWA,[61]
  • The Pavement Arena Part Two - The Protection Pyramid (2005), Summersdale Productions, ASIN: B01I05LPZ0 [62]
  • The Pavement Arena Part Three - Grappling, The Last Resort(2005), Summersdale Productions, ASIN: B0007NLRWU [63]
  • The Pavement Arena Part Four; Fit to Fight (2005), Summersdale Productions, ASIN: B0007NLRX4,[64]
  • Real Punching: The One Punch Kill (2005), Summersdale Productions, ASIN: B0007NLRS4 [65]
  • The Ultimate Self Defence Seminar (2006), Summersdale Productions, ASIN: B000CR6X5C [66]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://awards.bafta.org/award/2004/film/short-film
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1512935/?ref_=tt_ov_wr
  3. ^ http://awards.bafta.org/award/2004/film/short-film
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  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4017872/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1
  7. ^ "Bouncer Review". Channel 4. 2002. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  8. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0856778/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  9. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4066512/
  10. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5200368/?ref_=nv_sr_1
  11. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0342144/?ref_=nm_knf_t4
  12. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0396515/?ref_=nm_flmg_wr_10
  13. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1189443/?ref_=nm_knf_t3
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  16. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4017872/?ref_=nm_flmg_wr_2
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  53. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1840241837
  54. ^ Geoff Thompson web site. "wrestling". Archived from the original on 22 April 2008. 
  55. ^ http://www.britishjudo.org.uk/member-search-src/dan-register-display.php?PageNo=1&txtSurname=Thompson&grade=&number=9763
  56. ^ The British Combat Association. "Welcome". Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  57. ^ https://www.britishcombat.co.uk/about
  58. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0007NLRT8
  59. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0007NLRU2
  60. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0007NLRSY
  61. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0007NLRWA
  62. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01I05LPZ0
  63. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0007NLRWU
  64. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0007NLRX4
  65. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0007NLRS4
  66. ^ https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000CR6X5C

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